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Monday, October 22, 2007

Burlesque and the Art of the Teese / Fetish and the Art of the Teese book review

Dita Von Teese has loved vintage clothing, sexy lingerie and burlesque all her life, and over the last decade has become the true queen of modern striptease, reviving the glories of 1940's and 1950's fashion almost single-handed (when she's not peeling it off in one of her routines!)

"Burlesque and the Art of the Teese"/"Fetish and the Art of the Teese" is, as the title implies, really two books, devoted to what you might call the "nice" and "naughty" sides of Dita. Side 1 is basically a historical overview of burlesque and striptease, profusely illustrated with gorgeous color and B&W photos of Dita in her persona as the heiress of Gypsy Rose Lee. Side 2 is devoted to an appreciation of fetishism, especially as it applies to the kinkier side of fashion, and is equally profusely peppered with "naughtier" pictures of fetish-queen Dita.

If you're a serious fan of Dita, you very likely already have this book, so I'm preaching to the choir. :) If you're not yet a serious fan but are interested in burlesque revival or fashion fetishism, definitely do get this book!

It is very simply the best book of its kind, beautifully produced, with stunning visuals by great photographers, superb art direction and, of course, Dita. She re-invents glamour. It takes a remarkable model and some great stylists to hold your attention through a one-woman "show" like this, but she does it, and looks great throughout, over the course of an unbelieveable variety of settings, wardrobe, lack of wardrobe, styles and situations. Nothing lewd at all, it's the "teese" that keeps you interested.

She takes the pinup style to the next level by including shots of herself in the most brilliant designer avantgarde fashion, Christian Louboutin stilettos and hand made corsets. Her fetish side includes her in traditional Japanese Bondage and paying homage to Ms. Bettie Page.

One of the coolest things that Dita did while putting this gem together was including her cheesecake burlesque side in one half of the book and her fetish dominant side in the other. All you must do to view both sides is simply flip the book to its backside. Would anyone expect something less from the Queen herself? Certainly not me.

Burlesque and the Art of the Teese / Fetish and the Art of the Teese - get yourself a copy today, check out our special pricing.

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